There appears to be a logical progression in the popularity of popular monsters in cinema. Zombies dominated the first two-thirds of of the decade, while vampires, both conventional and otherwise, have become the topic du jour for the past couple of years. The release of The Wolfman might signify a return to werewolves, though one would not be foolish if they placed their bets on vampires.

Deadline New York has reported that Summit,who is behind the popular franchise that shall not be named, has jumped on a pitch by the Brood remake and Priest writer Cory Goodman for somewhere in the range of a crap ton of money (read: six figures). Tossing around phrases like "franchise potential," the film follows the eponymous hunter of witches, one of the remaining members of a rare breed whose job is to keep the population of witches and warlocks in check. Much to the chagrin of, well, everyone, they're on the verge of experiencing a repopulation boom, and it's up the last witch hunter to prevent this from happening.

Sounds intriguing, right? Combined with Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola's two, count 'em two upcoming witch-centered films (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Kurt Josef Wagle And The Legend of the Fjord Witch), witches are poised to take over the cinema, at least until filmmakers stop overlooking the poor Mummy. Look at him, sittin' in the corner, drying his tears with his own wrappings. It's just not right.

The film will be helmed by Timur Bekmambetov, the Russian-Kazakh mastermind behind the Russian-language vampire flicks Night Watch and Day Watch, and executive produced by Adam Goldworm.

Special thanks to Dread Central for the heads up.